Year 10 take part in Rockwood Academy’s World of Work Week

Thursday 11th July 2019

Rockwood Academy’s Year 10 students took the opportunity to take part in their annual Rockwood World of Work week, which takes place during Birmingham’s Professional Services Week from Monday 24th-Friday 28th June 2019.

Students from across Rockwood Academy’s Year 10 took the opportunity to collaborate with a range of professionals currently working in Birmingham’s business sector, providing them with a first-hand experience of what they can expect from the world of work.

On Monday 24th June, Rockwood Academy students joined fellow CORE Education Trust schools for BPS Birmingham Aspire’s annual business walk, which saw them visit businesses such as multinational law firm DLA Piper.

Rockwood Academy students took part in hands-on STEM-based engineering and chemistry activities at Aston University, whilst others took part in more business-oriented activities.

On Tuesday 25th June, students had the opportunity to visit Sandwell College and take part in a number of workshops and taster sessions. These included exploring careers in engineering, taking part in an invaluable CV writing workshop and understanding the benefits and demands of a career in creative design.

On Wednesday 26th June, Rockwood Academy’s Year 10 cohort met life coach and author Errol Lawson, who encouraged our students to achieve their dreams and develop leadership skills. This was followed by mock interviews which provided our students with the opportunity to understand the challenges of gaining employment whilst developing their character and communication skills.

On Thursday 27th June, Year 10 visited prestigious accounting and banking organisations Deloitte and Barclays, taking part in workshops to develop their public speaking skills.

On Friday 28th June, Rockwood Academy’s students experienced a variety of courses at Joseph Chamberlain College, exploring their options for their post-16 studies.

Rockwood Academy student Zaynab Mushtag said: “Extremely well organised, I learnt a tremendous amount about different careers in Birmingham.”

Rockwood Academy’s Mr Malik said: “World of Work Week has been a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to see first-hand what the world of work is like”